Today’s job market looks pretty good from the perspective of a qualified cyber professional. According to Cyberseek, there are more than 300,000 cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. right now, and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education predicts that by 2022 there will be a global cyber talent shortage of 1.8 million, and growing.
With so many openings, cyber professionals can afford to be choosy, holding out for positions and workplaces that meet their personal and professional needs. Working with the Federal Government and global organizations across multiple industry sectors, we’ve found that recruiters cannot rely on salary alone, and the work environment itself can actually play a powerful role in attracting and engaging the elite teams that true enterprise security demands.
The nature of cyber work often means that it must be executed in an environment that’s faster-paced, more dynamic, and quicker to adapt than that of its parent organization. In our experience, successful cyber practices generally share five key traits, which, you may be relieved to know, do not necessarily include sky-high salaries, office ping-pong tables, on-site beer fridges, or dress codes involving flip flops and jeans.